Britain shares special bond with Gujaraties: Peter Cook

Wednesday 25th March 2020 06:08 EDT

The UK shares a special connection with Gujaraties and those migrating to London from India for higher studies never feel homesick, for there exist a mini-Gujarat in London,’’ said British Deputy High Commissioner Peter Cook while addressing a seminar by Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry NRG committee in Ahmedabad.

The seminar was held to create awareness regarding higher education opportunities and work permits in the UK. “The main aim of this seminar is to give information about newly prepared guidelines on student visas and work permits in the UK,’’ he said addressing students and parents. He informed them about the new guidelines and job opportunities in London and other parts of the UK.

“Leaders of Indian-Asian origin, including home secretary Priti Patel, business secretary Alok Sharma, attorney general Suella Braveman and chancellor Rishi Sunak, are shouldering important responsibilities in the incumbent UK cabinet,’’ said Cook who was born in Kolkata. Explaining new visa policy, Cook also shared information about entrepreneur visas, business visas and point based system. Hailing the UK’s education institutes for their world class standards, Cook also elaborated on various activities carried out to promote the ease of doing business between Gujarat and UK.

Seminar was also attended by Gujarat Business Group honorary secretary Sanjeev Chhajer, NRG committee honorary secretary Digant Sompura and British Council Mumbai assistant director (academic) Deepali Dharmraj. Former expats, who have pursued higher studies in the UK, also shared their experiences. Cook also addressed the concerns raised by participating students related to student visas and job permits.

He also briefed the audience on British Council’s initiatives in Gujarat in the area of urban development, waste water management, renewable energy and information technology. Digant Sompura, in his address, shared details of various activities by the NRG committee.

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